3. Various researchers equate the traits of same-sex orientation with left-handedness. The similar traits reported include: 5-8% overall minority orientation, minority orientation higher in men than women, X-chromosome linkage implied, identical twins more likely to share minority orientation, external expression can be altered, internal expression cannot be altered, and more.
8. A Nov. 4, 2004 Gallup Poll asked 1,000 adults "In your view, is homosexuality something a person is born with, or is homosexuality due to factors such as upbringing and environment?;" 41% of the respondents said homosexuality is influenced by a person's "upbringing/environment," 37% indicated it was something a person is "born with," 11% said "both," 3% "neither," and 8% "no opinion."
10. Paul W. Ewald, PhD, a biology professor at Amherst College in Massachusetts, and Gregory Cochran, PhD, an independent physicist in Albuquerque, New Mexico, developed a theory that homosexuality can be caught by a germ.
11. The American Psychiatric Association says that research lends "considerable credence" to the theory that repressed homosexual urges may be the root of homophobic behavior by hterosexual men. The organization offers an alternative theory that anxiety in sexual responsiveness can also be a reason for homophobia.
12. The Catholic Medical Association reports that sexual orientation is treatable and that about 30% of those who seek "ex-gay" therapy experience a "freedom from symptoms" while another 30% experience "improvement." The American Psychiatric Association argues that homosexuality is not treatable because it is not an illness.
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